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Félix Lebrun equipment and playing style

Félix Lebrun equipment and playing style.

Welcome back to PingSunday. Recently we talked about the French player, Alexis Lebrun. Do you know his little brother, Félix Lebrun?

Félix Lebrun is the little brother of Lebrun’s brother. Lebrun Felix is a table tennis player from France. He was born on September 12, 2006. He has played for France’s cadet, junior, and now national teams. He is considered one of the best penholders in Europe.


Félix Lebrun playing style

Félix Lebrun plays a special grip – the penhold grip like Wang Hao, Xu Xin. His main strength is the RPB (Reverse penhold backhand). His style is similar to Wang Hao’s playing style.

new xu xin felix lebrun
new xu xin felix lebrun

Félix Lebrun will stay near the middle of the table. He can attack and counter attack at both sides. His strength is the backhand topspin with a very high accuracy. His forehand attack is spinny. It’s not the Chinese forehand dominant style. It’s like the control, all round style of Wang Hao.

His forehand lacks a bit of power. Since he didn’t pivot, and rotated a lot. So his style is different from Xu Xin.

Felix Lebrun
Felix Lebrun


Félix Lebrun equipment

Like his brother, Félix Lebrun likes using the Butterfly equipment. Both players like Butterfly rubbers for the control and the rotation.

His blade is the Butterfly Innerforce ZLC (check price 1/ check price 2), which is the only blade with the penholder grip, which fits his hand.

His forehand rubber and backhand rubbers are the Butterfly Dignics 09c . (check price 1/ check price 2)

Dignics 09c on both sides
Dignics 09c on both sides

These rubbers have a hard, and medium hard sponge. So they provide both powers and rotation to your shots. It fits very well the playing style of Félix.



Félix said that, with the Dignics 09c, he can make a good spin, and high arc attack with his backhand topspin.

butterfly innerforce ZLC of Felix Lebrun
butterfly innerforce ZLC of Felix Lebrun


Biography

Born: 12/09/2006
Height: 185 cm
Nationality: French
Style: Right-handed, Penhold
Best World Ranking: Around top 30-50
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Club Montpellier TT

balance playing style - with control forehand
balance playing style – with control forehand


Family with the tradition of table tennis

Everything in his family had to do with table tennis. His father, Lebrun Stephane, was a professional athlete who played for the French teams Montpellier TT and Istres Tennis De Table, took part in the Champions League, and won the ETTU Cup twice. He once went to the 2013 World Ping-Pong Championship in London and played with sandpaper rackets. He got to the 1/8 finals. His uncle Legout Christophe was even more well-known. He was on the French team that won silver at the World Cup in 1997.

Also, there were four kids in the family, and the two older sisters didn’t play table tennis. On the other hand, Alexis, Felix’s older brother, does it for a living. At the start of his career, he got hurt and missed almost two years. He was able to come back, though, and most recently, as part of the French junior team, he won the 2021 European Youth Championship in mixed doubles, took silver in the team competition, and took bronze in the singles competition. As part of the French team, he also won a bronze medal at the 2019 Youth World Cup.


Started at the young age

Felix started playing table tennis at a very young age. When he was only three, his father put him on the table and gave him a racket so he could start training. Together with his brother, they studied 20 to 25 hours a week with their father’s help.

Felix Lebrun the little brother - penhold player
Felix Lebrun the little brother – penhold player

Chen Jian, a Chinese player, played for the same club as his father. He also trained with the French national team. Felix liked the way he played with the pen, so he decided to play with this racket grip and copy the way he played.

Felix won prizes right away at the French championships for being the smallest. In 2016, he won the French doubles title for mini cadets (under the age of 12). Then, this year, he took part in a tournament for the first time. It was the Euro Mini Champs-2016, which is like the European Championship for 12-year-olds. In the category one year older than him, he came in fourth.


Euro Mini-Champions

In 2017, he was the vice-champion of France for men’s singles and doubles among minicadets. Also this year, at the age of six, he took part in the Euro Mini Champ’s-2017 and won.

In 2018, he won the French title for men’s singles and doubles among cadets (people under 15). He also started to play in ITTF youth tournaments, and at the 2018 Belgium Junior and Cadet Open, he made it to the finals in the team category. In singles, he got as far as the quarterfinals at the 2018 Slovak Cadet Open, and in men’s doubles, he won a bronze medal at the 2018 Hungarian Junior and Cadet Open. He goes to the European Youth Championship in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, for the first time and stops at the 1/32 finals.

Alexis Lebrun Felix Lebrun and his father coach
Alexis Lebrun Felix Lebrun and his father coach

In 2019, he won the French Under-15 Cadet singles and doubles titles again. At a tournament in Italy, he made it to the finals of the men’s doubles. At a tournament in Spain, he won the men’s doubles and got the bronze medal in the singles. He won two bronze medals at the 2019 European Youth Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in team and men’s doubles. In singles, he loses in the 1/8 finals.

In 2020, he gets the silver medal at the French Junior Championship, but his older brother Alexis Lebrun beats him in the final. As the first replacement, he is turned away from the Europe Youth Top 10 in Berlin, Germany, and the Cadet winner is chosen instead.


European Youth Championships

Gold medal – first place 2021 Varaždin Cadet boy’s singles
Gold medal – first place 2021 Varaždin Cadet boy’s teams
Gold medal – first place 2021 Varaždin Cadet boy’s doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Ostrava Cadet boy’s doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Ostrava Cadet boy’s teams


WTT Competitions

2022 WTT Feeder Düsseldorf
WTT Feeder Düsseldorf II
WTT Contender Zagreb

Then, in November, he played for the first time as an adult at the WTT Contender Novo Mesto 2021. He and his brother Lebrun Alexis made it to the quarterfinals, but lost to Lin Gaoyuan and Zhou Qihao of the Chinese team. At the end of the year, he competed in the junior and cadet divisions of the 2021 World Youth Championships.

Ma Long vs Felix Lebrun
Ma Long vs Felix Lebrun

Sora won the men’s doubles competition with the Japanese player Matsushima. In the men’s singles competition, he got the bronze medal. He made it to the quarterfinals of the junior team event, but he didn’t win a medal in this category. In December 2021, he won a bronze medal in mixed doubles at his first French national championship.

In 2022, he won his first senior title at the WTT Feeder Düsseldorf I-2022. He and Dorr Esteban won the men’s doubles title. At the WTT Feeder Düsseldorf I-2022, he did it again, this time with his brother Lebrun Alexis. At the WTT Youth Star Contender Otoec-2022, he and his brother again won the junior men’s doubles title. They won the bronze medal in the men’s doubles event at the WTT Contender Zagreb-2022.

In May, he won the French national championship for boys’ singles at the junior level. At the French National Championship for adults in 2022, he won the men’s doubles title, came in second in the mixed doubles competition, and came in third in the singles competition.


French National Championships

2021 Cesson-Sévigné (Mixed Doubles)
2022 Mouilleron-le-Captif (Doubles) (Mixed Doubles) (Singles)

In 2021, he won the French junior championship. This time, he beat his older brother Alexis Lebrun in the final. At the WTT’s new youth series tournament in Havov, Czech Republic, he won the U17 division and made it to the finals in the U15 division. At the 2021 European Youth Championship in Varadin, Croatia, he wins all three of the men’s singles, team, and doubles events, making him a three-time winner.

World Table Tennis
World Table Tennis

Winner of the men’s doubles event at the 2022 Youth World Championships and a bronze medalist in the cadets’ singles event. In 2020, cadets will be in the top 10 for Champion of Europe Youth. They have won the European Youth Championship three times. Four times he won the French National Table Tennis Championship, making him the champion.


World Junior Championships

Gold medal – first place 2021 Vila Nova de Gaia Cadet boys’ doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2021 Vila Nova de Gaia Cadet boys’ singles

U15 European Champion Felix Lebrun
U15 European Champion Felix Lebrun


Europe Youth Top-10

Gold medal – first place 2020 Berlin Cadet boys’ singles


How fast did Felix Lebrun improve?

I often watch the pro A, and pro B leagues in France. And Félix Lebrun has improved very fast. He is now ranked #35 in France, and he consistently defeated the top players.

Félix Lebrun after losing the match in the WTTTC
Félix Lebrun after losing the match in the WTTTC

Two years ago, he couldn’t defeat the top 200 players. But today, Félix Lebrun has improved so fast. His ball has a lot of quality, a lot of spin.

You can see that, for example in this match. His backhand topspin, and forehand topspin is very consistent, high quality. That’s why he defeated the top players in France so easily.

Félix Lebrun has improved so fast and his personal blade
Félix Lebrun has improved so fast and his personal blade (Innerforce ZLC)

 

Here is the match that you can see that, he defeated the top players in France so easily (3-0).

Félix Lebrun has improved so fast

Watch this video.


Félix Lebrun – Champion of WTT Youth Contender

Congratulations to the winners of WTT Youth Star Contender Vila Nova de Gaia 2022.

  • U19 Boys’ Singles – Felix Lebrun
  • U19 Girls’ Singles – Prithika Pavade
  • U19 Boys’ Doubles – Felix Lebrun & Thibault Poret
  • U19 Girls’ Doubles – Tsai Yun-En & Huang Yu-Jie
  • U19 Mixed Doubles – Felix Lebrun & Prithika Pavade
  • U15 Boys’ Singles – Alan Kurmangaliyev 
Prithika Pavade
Prithika Pavade
Felix Lebrun
Felix Lebrun
Felix Lebrun & Thibault Poret
Felix Lebrun & Thibault Poret


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